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Fethiye Camii (Pammakaristos Church), Istanbul

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  • This site is a bit tucked away, but worth the effort of seeking it out. What actually survives is the chapel of the former church, the rest of the church site now being a mosque. The mosaic date from ...  more »
  • This small church is off-the-beaten track, probably due to its dimunitive size. Unless you are some sort of Byzantine art expert, it is hard to imagine you spending more than about twenty minutes here...  more »
  • It is a must. Also you will see some of the adjoining city neighbourhoods, very colourful. Not far from Chora museum and other tourist attractions so you can visit all of them in one go.  more »
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  • This is now called the Fethiye Museum and there is a small fee (or Museum Card) to enter. There are some lovely painted ceilings depicting saints and important Christians and these are remarkably well preserved (or restored). You have access to part of the building, the remainder has been converted to a mosque which is unspectacular inside. Very pretty fascade outside with the red roses improving the appearance.
  • Very interesting mosque/church. When you step in feels like your stepping back into history and can help feeling eary. Worth a visit.
  • I went in 2000 and the caretaker carefully and kindly lifted the cardboard protecting the 1600 year old floor mosaics. The church was in astonishingly horrible repair with rain falling inside, pigeons and utterly desperate conditions. In 2012, I returned and the place crowded with tourists enjoying the superbly restored building. The neighborhood is very dicey in that it is conservatively Muslim. Take care not to be too resort-eye in attire. You won't have problems but will be stared at if wearing shorts and a tank top. Highly recommended.
  • What is taken unfairly, should be turned back! Turkey should turn back Constandinople to christians people.
  • Back side of mosque is a small museum with some Byzantine mosaics. A nice walk from Kariye Museum, takes 12 minutes. And from here you can continue 12 minutes more (a downhill walk) to Orthodox Patriarchate.

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